The Best Massage Guns For Releasing Tight Muscles And Recovering From Workouts
Whether you’re working out at home or the gym, the best massage guns, also called percussive massagers, have quickly become popular tools for improving your musculoskeletal health. Similar to foam rollers, these handheld massagers can help your body recover from a workout by releasing tight muscles and even breaking up scar tissue. They can also be used before you work out to prepare your body for the stress to come, experts say.
“As warm up, the massage can be used to promote blood flow and circulation to warm up the tissue and to simulate the nervous system, prepping your body for activity,” says physical therapist and Bespoke Treatments co-founder Dr. Dan Giordano. “I recommend flushing [floating the gun up and down the muscle] the muscle area for 15 seconds.”
Such a recommendation can come in handy. Too often, consumers buy a massage gun without clear insight into how they can be used to improve their health. “Many people have these massage guns but don't know how to use them properly to get the most benefit from the equipment,” says physical therapist Dr. Kellen Scantlebury.
Giordano agrees. He said massage gun users should be careful to not dig in, and be sure to float it on the muscle belly. “Too hard or too deep may cause bruising,” Giordano says. Still, both Giordano and Scantlebury say massage guns are worthwhile buys and recommend them to their patients.
If you’re in the market for a massage gun, see the list below for a survey of some of the best percussive massagers out there, picked out with a little bit of help from our experts. The following options all hit the right marks, with nice designs, solid battery life, and varying intensity levels that could help you reduce your risk of injury.